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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320078/comparison-of-the-sensitivity-to-change-of-the-36-item-short-form-health-survey-and-the-lupusqol-using-various-definitions-of-minimal-clinically-important-differences-in-patients-with-active-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
#1
Stephanie G Nantes, Vibeke Strand, Jiandong Su, Zahi Touma
OBJECTIVES: Medical Outcomes Study Short-Form 36 (SF-36) and LupusQoL are Health-Related Quality-of-Life (HRQoL) questionnaires used in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). We determined the hypothesis testing construct validity of SF-36 and LupusQoL against disease activity in patients with active SLE and 2) compared the sensitivity to change of SF-36 and LupusQoL domains according to different definitions of Minimal Clinically Important Differences (MCID) for improvement and worsening in the current cohort...
March 20, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301792/systemic-lupus-erythematosus-an-update
#2
Vera Golder, Alberta Hoi
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic multisystem autoimmune disease predominantly affecting women of childbearing age. New classification criteria for SLE have greater sensitivity and therefore improve the diagnostic certainty for some patients, especially those who may previously have been labelled as having undifferentiated symptoms. Uncontrolled disease activity leads to irreversible end-organ damage, which in turn increases the risk of premature death; early and sustained control of disease activity can usually be achieved by conventional immunosuppressant therapy...
March 20, 2017: Medical Journal of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300881/frontal-fibrosing-alopecia-in-association-with-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome-more-than-a-simple-coincidence
#3
Karina Colossi Furlan, Priscila Kakizaki, Juliana Cabral Nunes Chartuni, Neusa Yuriko Sakai Valente
Frontal fibrosing alopecia is a distinctive form of scarring alopecia considered to be a clinical variant of lichen planopilaris. It predominantly occurs in postmenopausal women and has a slowly progressive course. It was first described by Kossard in 1994. Since then the number of reported cases has increased significantly. Coexistence of frontal fibrosing alopecia and autoimmune disorders - such as discoid erythematosus lupus and Sjögren's syndrome - may suggest a common pathogenic background among the diseases...
September 2016: Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300427/annexin-a1-as-a-target-for-managing-murine-pristane-induced-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
#4
Nikolina Mihaylova, Silviya Bradyanova, Petroslav Chipinski, Melinda Herbáth, Stela Chausheva, Dobroslav Kyurkchiev, József Prechl, Andrey I Tchorbanov
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a polygenic pathological disorder which involves multiple organs. Self-specific B cells play a main role in the lupus pathogenesis by generating autoantibodies as well as by serving as important autoantigen-presenting cells. Autoreactive T lymphocytes, on the other hand, are responsible for B cell activation and proliferation, and cytokine production. Therefore, both factors promote the idea that a down-modulation of activated self-reactive T and B cells involved in the pathogenic immune response is a reasonable approach for SLE therapy...
March 16, 2017: Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298561/charlson-comorbidity-index-is-related-to-organ-damage-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-data-from-korean-lupus-network-kornet-registry
#5
Seong-Kyu Kim, Jung-Yoon Choe, Shin-Seok Lee
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to identify whether comorbidity status is associated with organ damage in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). METHODS: A total of 502 patients with SLE enrolled in the KORean lupus Network were consecutively recruited. Data included demographics, age-adjusted Charlson Comorbidity Index (CCIa), disease activity indexes, the Systemic Lupus International Collaborating Clinics/American College of Rheumatology Damage Index (SDI), the Medical Outcomes Study Short Form-36 health survey (SF-36) score, and the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) score...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285445/differential-impact-of-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-and-rheumatoid-arthritis-on-health-related-quality-of-life
#6
Benjamin Chaigne, Axel Finckh, Deshire Alpizar-Rodriguez, Delphine Courvoisier, Camillo Ribi, Carlo Chizzolini
PURPOSE: This study examined and compared health-related quality of life (QoL) in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: We included patients from two multicentric cohorts, the Swiss SLE cohort study (SSCS) and the Swiss Clinical Quality Management Program for RA (SCQM-RA). Patients were matched by age, sex and disease duration using the propensity score. Disease activity was assessed by SELENA-SLEDAI in SLE and by DAS-28 in RA...
March 11, 2017: Quality of Life Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277147/renal-biopsy-in-patients-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-not-just-lupus-glomerulonephritis
#7
David N Howell
Kidney biopsy is a mainstay in the diagnosis and management of renal disease in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus. Though biopsies from patients with lupus typically show various forms of immune complex glomerulonephritis, other pathologies are occasionally encountered, including unusual lupus-related nephropathies, other forms of autoimmune disease, and occasional renal disorders without any direct connection with lupus or autoimmunity. Electron microscopy is a powerful tool for detecting and classifying these unusual conditions, which frequently have important therapeutic and prognostic implications...
March 1, 2017: Ultrastructural Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265848/apol1-and-the-immune-response-of-patients-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
#8
REVIEW
Ashira D Blazer, Robert M Clancy
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) confers up to a 50-fold increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), and African Americans with SLE experience accelerated damage accrual and doubled cardiovascular risk when compared to their European American counterparts. RECENT FINDINGS: Genome-wide association studies have identified a substantial signal at 22q13, now assigned to variation at apolipoprotein L1 (APOL1), which has associated with progressive nondiabetic nephropathy, cardiovascular disease, and many immune-associated renal diseases, including lupus nephritis...
March 2017: Current Rheumatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263097/transcriptional-and-epigenetic-regulation-of-follicular-t-helper-cells-and-their-role-in-autoimmunity
#9
Hong Qiu, Haijing Wu, Vera Chan, Chak-Sing Lau, Qianjin Lu
T-follicular helper (Tfh) cells are a specialized subset of T cells that provide help to B cells and promote the formation of germinal centers (GCs). Tfh cells transmit important signals to B cells that drive class switch recombination, somatic hyper-mutation, the generation of high-affinity antibodies, immunological memory and their differentiation into plasma cells or memory B cells in the GCs. Tfh-cell differentiation is regulated by the coordinated functions of distinct cytokines, including interleukin (IL)-6, IL-21, IL-12, IL-23, IL-2, IL-7 and transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β), as well as transcription factors, including B-cell lymphoma 6 protein (Bcl-6), Signal transducers and activators of transcription (STAT)1, STAT3, STAT4, B-cell activating transcription factor (Batf), interferon regulatory factor 4 (IRF4), v-maf avian musculoaponeurotic fibrosarcoma oncogene homolog (C-Maf), T-cell-specific transcription factor 1 (TCF-1) and Achaete-scute homolog 2 (Acl2), which have been shown to form a complex transcriptional network...
March 2017: Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261992/quality-of-life-in-patients-with-antiphospholipid-syndrome-is-related-to-disease-burden-and-anticoagulant-therapy
#10
Gabriela Hernández-Molina, Itzel González-Pérez, Carlos Pacheco-Molina, Antonio R Cabral
AIM: To evaluate health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in primary antiphospholipid syndrome (PAPS) and correlate it with a crude estimate of accrual organ damage, comorbidity (diabetes mellitus, hypertension and dyslipidemia) and treatment (oral anticoagulation, immunosuppressors and prednisone). METHODS: We assessed HRQoL with the Short-Form 36 (SF-36) and the Lupus Quality of Life instrument (LupusQoL) and the disease burden with a modified Systemic Lupus International Collaborating Clinics/American College of Rheumatology Damage Index (SLICC/ACR SDI)...
March 6, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28252867/vernachl%C3%A3-ssigte-klinische-merkmale-der-follikulotropen-mycosis-fungoides-eine-gro%C3%A3-e-klinische-fallserie
#11
Can Baykal, Tugba Atci, Sule Ozturk Sari, Algun Polat Ekinci, Nesimi Buyukbabani
HINTERGRUND UND ZIEL: Als seltene Form der Mycosis fungoides (MF), ist die follikulotrope MF (FMF) durch ein breites Spektrum klinischer Symptome gekennzeichnet. Dazu gehören, neben den vorherrschenden follikulären Läsionen, auch viele atypische Manifestationen. Das Ziel der vorliegenden Studie war eine klinische Bewertung von FMF-Patienten, unter besonderer Berücksichtigung von vernachlässigten dermatologischen Merkmalen. PATIENTEN UND METHODIK: Insgesamt wurden 27 FMF-Patienten aus dem 572 Patienten umfassenden MF-Register unserer Abteilung retrospektiv bezüglich ihrer Demographie sowie der klinischen Merkmale, Behandlungsformen, Nachsorge und Therapieergebnisse bewertet...
March 2017: Journal der Deutschen Dermatologischen Gesellschaft, Journal of the German Society of Dermatology: JDDG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251541/profile-of-pediatric-idiopathic-inflammatory-myopathies-from-a-tertiary-care-center-of-eastern-india
#12
Sumantra Sarkar, Tanushree Mondal, Arpan Saha, Rakesh Mondal, Supratim Datta
OBJECTIVES: To report data on Idiopathic inflammatory myopathies (IIM) from eastern India. METHODS: All IIM patients diagnosed over the last 5 y (2011-2016) were included through a retrospective review of records from the hospital and specialty clinic at Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (I.P.G.M.E.&R.), Kolkata. RESULTS: Out of the 11 IIM patients, 9 had Juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM) and 2 had overlap myositis (OM) [with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and scleroderma]...
March 2, 2017: Indian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28247256/-rare-cutaneous-tuberculosis-in-sub-saharan-africa-developed-on-discoid-lupus-erythematous-lesion
#13
A Diop, M T Ndiaye, M Ndiaye, B Seck, A Diouf, B H Diatta, M Diallo, F Ly
Lupus vulgaris is a common presentation of cutaneous tuberculosis (TB), but its ulcerative or vegetating form also called vorax is rare.We report a case of lupus vulgaris in its vorax form, which occurred in a patient with discoid lupus erythematous. A 42-year-old patient monitored for chronic lupus erythematosus consulted again for a facial tumor and fever. Physical examination revealed painful ulcerative and crusted lesions on an old discoid lupus lesion and covered the entire upper lip. Similar lesions were noted on cheeks...
February 28, 2017: Bulletin de la Société de Pathologie Exotique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243456/is-frailty-a-relevant-concept-in-sle
#14
Patricia P Katz, James Andrews, Jinoos Yazdany, Gabriela Schmajuk, Laura Trupin, Edward Yelin
OBJECTIVE: In geriatric populations, frailty is associated with poor health outcomes, including mortality. Frailty has not been examined in lupus, although components of the phenotype seem relevant. METHODS: Women with lupus (n=152) participated in research visits in 2008-2009. Frailty was assessed by Fried's frailty phenotype criteria: low weight/unintentional weight loss, slow gait (4-m walk using sex and height criteria), weakness (grip strength using gender and body mass index criteria), exhaustion (2 specific questions) and inactivity (from physical activity questionnaire)...
2017: Lupus Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239401/group-or-ungroup-moose-behavioural-response-to-recolonization-of-wolves
#15
Johan Månsson, Marie-Caroline Prima, Kerry L Nicholson, Camilla Wikenros, Håkan Sand
BACKGROUND: Predation risk is a primary motivator for prey to congregate in larger groups. A large group can be beneficial to detect predators, share predation risk among individuals and cause confusion for an attacking predator. However, forming large groups also has disadvantages like higher detection and attack rates of predators or interspecific competition. With the current recolonization of wolves (Canis lupus) in Scandinavia, we studied whether moose (Alces alces) respond by changing grouping behaviour as an anti-predatory strategy and that this change should be related to the duration of wolf presence within the local moose population...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215100/targeting-baff-and-april-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-and-other-antibody-associated-diseases
#16
Eileen Samy, Stephen Wax, Bertrand Huard, Henry Hess, Pascal Schneider
The B cell-stimulating molecules, BAFF (B cell activating factor) and APRIL (a proliferation-inducing ligand), are critical factors in the maintenance of the B cell pool and humoral immunity. In addition, BAFF and APRIL are involved in the pathogenesis of a number of human autoimmune diseases, with elevated levels of these cytokines detected in the sera of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), IgA nephropathy, Sjögren's syndrome, and rheumatoid arthritis. As such, both molecules are rational targets for new therapies in B cell-driven autoimmune diseases, and several inhibitors of BAFF or BAFF and APRIL together have been investigated in clinical trials...
January 2, 2017: International Reviews of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210273/isolated-ro52-antibodies-as-immunological-marker-of-a-mild-phenotype-of-undifferentiated-connective-tissue-diseases
#17
Ana Alonso-Larruga, Sagrario Bustabad, José Antonio Navarro-Gonzálvez, Beatriz Rodríguez-Lozano, Andrés Franco, Yvelise Barrios
The term undifferentiated connective tissue disease (UCTD) is used to describe undiagnosed patients that do not fulfill classification criteria for definite connective tissue disease (Systemic Lupus, Systemic Sclerosis, Sjögren Syndrome, and Dermatomyositis/Polymyositis). It is important to find serological markers as predictors of the evolution or severity of these diseases. The objective of this retrospective study was to investigate if there was a milder subgroup of UCTD with a special clinical profile consisting only in the presence of anti-Ro52 autoantibodies...
2017: International Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202919/ectopic-lymphoid-neogenesis-in-rheumatic-autoimmune-diseases
#18
REVIEW
Michele Bombardieri, Myles Lewis, Costantino Pitzalis
Ectopic lymphoid neogenesis often occurs in the target tissues of patients with chronic rheumatic autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, Sjögren syndrome and other connective tissue disorders, including systemic lupus erythematosus and myositis. However, the mechanisms of ectopic lymphoid-like structure (ELS) formation and function are not entirely understood. For example, it is unclear whether ELSs indicate distinct disease phenotypes or whether they are evolutionary manifestations of chronic inflammation...
March 2017: Nature Reviews. Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191006/capability-of-neutrophils-to-form-nets-is-not-directly-influenced-by-a-cma-targeting-peptide
#19
Christian Maueröder, Nicolas Schall, Frédéric Meyer, Aparna Mahajan, Benjamin Garnier, Jonas Hahn, Deborah Kienhöfer, Markus H Hoffmann, Sylviane Muller
During inflammatory reaction, neutrophils exhibit numerous cellular and immunological functions, notably the formation of neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) and autophagy. NETs are composed of decondensed chromatin fibers coated with various antimicrobial molecules derived from neutrophil granules. NETs participate in antimicrobial defense and can also display detrimental roles and notably trigger some of the immune features of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and other autoimmune diseases. Autophagy is a complex and finely regulated mechanism involved in the cell survival/death balance that may be connected to NET formation...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185859/association-of-irf5-polymorphisms-with-increased-risk-for-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-in-population-of-crete-a-southern-eastern-european-greek-island
#20
M I Zervou, J M Dorschner, Y Ghodke-Puranik, D T Boumpas, T B Niewold, G N Goulielmos
Interferon regulatory factor 5 (IRF5) regulates type I interferon (IFN)-responsive genes, and has been one of the most consistently associated genes with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). We sought to investigate whether IRF5 haplotypes are associated with risk for SLE in the genetically homogeneous Greek population of the island of Crete, as well as whether these haplotypes are associated with increased type I IFN. 322 SLE patients and 247 healthy controls from Crete were genotyped for rs2004640, rs3807306, rs10488631 and rs2280714 SNPs of IRF5 gene by using Taqman primer-probe sets...
April 30, 2017: Gene
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